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William's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Yoga
Skiing

William's Bio

Born and raised in NorCal, spent a decade in CO, now a Wasatch crest player when I'm not a working stiff...
I spend most of my time either in the canyons (mainly BCC) or wishing I was, loving this incredible playground that we are so lucky to be able to enjoy. When not here, I can generally be found in the southern Utah desert.
Come say Hi, I'm usually found zipping along by bike or foot near by my sweet green sprinter van when not playing in the canyons. We call it the Manatee, because it's green and doesn't move too quickly.

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on August 22, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got the orange version of this. I was looking for a glove that was WAY visible for running and that had an iPhone compatible finger. This definitely has all that and a bag of chips. They are way way orange, I can do phone things without taking them off. Additionally, they are surprisingly warm for how thin they are. They have a nylon mesh pocket on the back of the right glove, perfect for a key or whatnot. The only thing I don't like is that there is a plastic hook (I assume to keep a key on and tuck into the pocket). However, if you're not doing this and don't secure the hook, it keeps whacking the inside of your hand. Surprisingly more annoying than you would think.
If you don't carry a key, I think this problem can be solved via some vaguely sharp scissors?.

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on August 14, 2014

well designed but a small flaw...
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Like most things from Arcteryx, it's overall a great product.
What I like:
It is super light and the brim is a very soft material that can be rolled up.
It is very airy and wicks really nicely.
I happen to like this kind of brim: one that is short but steep (think of a cycling cap). Less for keeping sun off your face/neck but great for keeping sun or rain out of your eyes without being very visible. I really can't see it when it's on, which is great.
The only downside (and it is a real downside) is that it is TOTALLY unadjustable and the material is not super stretchy. It's a little snug on my head . If I had a bigger noggin, I would definitely get a headache.
I don't know if this a real downside, but the instructions read to spot wash only (i.e. no washing machine). My hats get pretty skanky, so I'll be testing this one out for sure.

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on August 5, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I got these to be a more supportive, firmer flip (compared to olukais). While the sole's are indeed firmer, I have 2 gripes
1) the straps are snug. Like real snug. I had to break them in by squashing a tennis ball in there for a couple of days. That worked pretty well but I still can't just slide my foot it. I need to do some serious wiggling
2) while supportive, they are no birks. My flat planks will slowly spill over the sides (grotesque, I know). And the bed of these is not as comfy as the cork version of the soles (which, again, are not birks).
Bottom line: pretty good, definitely better for long ambles than regular flips but I think they'd be better for a narrower and less voluminous foot.

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on August 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love these. It is hard to assess my "familiarity" with them, in that I don't know if I've put them through the ringer but I have DEFINITELY put them through my digestive tract.
Addicted to them and, so far, I've not found a flavor I don't love. I have only 2 issues with them:
1) my 5 year old is also addicted to them, which means less for me
2) I like the clifblok packaging better for eating when biking.
Of all cycling/skiing snacks, these (and clifbloks) are my favorites....

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on August 4, 2014

Good, not amazing
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

As others have noted, they run a bit a bit snug. And they are not slip-ons. And they don't provide any arch support.
On the plus note, the fleece is very soft and warm, the sole is grippy, and they are pretty darn good for lounging, especially at camp or somewhere where a softer sole is going to get destroyed and a true slipper is going to get a bunch of dirt/rocks/scorpions/ whatever in it.
Overall, I use old school boiled wool slippers if I'm in the house but I do use these if I'm going in and out, or if I'm camping.

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on August 4, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I need to echo Ito's review below. I got these for trail running but have found that there are better gaiters out there (inov8 and salomon) for that purpose.
As Ito notes, these things are way snug. I have thin lower calves and still get a substantial line even if I leave them totally loose. They also have a funny shape that seems to leave a bit of a gap on the inside/medial surface.
They are a bit of a PIA to put on, although putting the included velcro tab on the heel of the shoe works.
If they get super wet, they don't dry that fast.
Overall, I use these infrequently and I think, for running, there are better choices out there.

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on August 4, 2014

this is for the xt 5...
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I realize this is the XT 6 section but figured I could but in my 2 cents for the previous version of this.
I am no racer, so perhaps some of the s-lab tech is lost on me. I got these for grip in wet conditions. Overall, I actually prefer the tread of the speed cross for muddy and soft conditions. The XT 5 seem to fit a little better (more forefoot size), and the fit is really tremendous. I have even taken to using these as my "about town" shoes despite their rather intense redness (for which I have been made fun of many times, usually something having to do with clown shoes).
The stack height is a bit higher than some of the other modern shoes (even though not as high as the XT 6) and I'm not a heel striker so that feels a little odd but only if I have to do any pavement. They are definitely not squishy so pavement is not awesome.
The tongue garage is great, and the quick laces seem to work much better than others I've had (e.g. Hoka) and never come loose. Paired with a gaiter, I never get any crapola in my shoes.
Overall, Hokas are still my fav for any kind of distance or pavement, but I go for the Salomons with any soft terrain, need for a gaiter, or scrambling. Plus they look much cooler than the Hoka clown shoes...

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on August 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Although craft makes my absolute favorite base layers, I do really like the demarchis. They are slightly too thin for my personal taste for downhill pursuits but for running/biking they are pretty darn awesome.
I wear M, they are pretty darn snug but that works for me for these purposes. My wife says I look very Euro in them. That is not meant as a compliment.

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on August 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Ok, let's start with the bad. I got the green ones. And they are WAY green. Like, I don't even lounge around the house wearing these because I would embarrass even myself.
But that's the only bad part. I usually like 3/4 tights for alpine/tele skiing, touring, nordic, cool weather running, and I've had good success with cloud veil and houdini ones but these Norronas just blow the others away. They are thin but warm, they have a great "hand" and I don't overheat (cloudveils especially can get a bit warm if you are really moving around).
the other downside (if there is one...) is that I personally find Norrona stuff to be a bit overpriced. When these are on sale, snatch them up. Better yet, don't so there will be more for me.

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on August 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I like compression shorts, but have had trouble with others where I couldn't get them over my thighs (I'm muscular, but far from a gym rat). These shorts are easy to put on, support very well, and make me feel like they're springing me into every step. And I need all the help I can get.
The pocket is worthless, as these small pockets often are, but I always wear an overshort so I don't care.
I'm 5'7" 145 lbs and the M fit me very well. They are a little long for me but I think that actually gets me a smidge more support.

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panditah134798 wrote a review of on August 4, 2014

Good, not amazing
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Admittedly, I was trying to go for birkenstock-style comfort in a flipflop. The cork is nice, and I do prefer the feel of these to other Sole products I've used, but I personally find that the "moldableness" (if that is indeed a word) is really just not that great for Sole footwear in general. I wear them if I'm going to get wet or at the beach, but if I want comfort I tend to return to Birkendorks. With my planks (you may be able to see my feet spilling over in the photo), I need lots of good support and these just don't do it for me when I am on my dogs a lot.

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